Dental care
Dental health services
Oral health

Australian oral health workforce: the oral health professions workforce survey 2020

Dental hygienists (DHs), dental therapists (DTs), and oral health therapists (OHTs) are registered dental practitioners. This survey report outlines the current demographic, geographic and employment characteristics of DH, DT and OHTs in Australia.
Briefing paper

Telehealth coaching in oral healthcare

This paper examines how telehealth coaching can support outcomes-focused, patient-centred care in oral health. The brief provides recommendations for an oral health coaching program which incorporates value-based health care approaches, team-based care, and telehealth to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.
Journal article

‘There’s a wall there—and that wall is higher from our side’: drawing on qualitative interviews to improve Indigenous Australians’ experiences of dental health services

The aim of this study is to obtain a greater understanding of people’s perceptions, experiences of oral health, and the barriers and enablers that prevent Indigenous Australians from seeking timely and preventive dental care, using qualitative methodology.
Policy report

COVID-19 and the dental profession: professional tensions and ethical quandaries

This paper explores pertinent questions about dentistry, the dental profession and the nature of oral health that have been raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Being able to consider these questions proactively, with an inter-professional and collaborative approach to the practice of dentistry, will be key...

Collaborating with communities delivers better oral health for Indigenous kids in rural Australia

Aboriginal children in rural Australia have up to three times the rate of tooth decay compared to other Australian children. Tooth decay can affect a person’s overall health and nutrition because it can affect how they chew and swallow. Tooth decay can also reduce self...
Journal article

Factors influencing the perceived importance of oral health within a rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia

This paper seeks to explore the perceived importance of oral health within a rural Indigenous community in Australia and the factors influencing this perception.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander oral health care in Queensland

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council's report on Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisations about oral health services provided, and what challenges need to be addressed.
Journal article

Community based programs to improve the oral health of Australian Indigenous adolescents

This article reviews the international literature on community-based interventions aiming to improve the oral health of Indigenous adolescents and identify which demonstrate a positive impact.
Discussion paper

Private eyes…, hips, etc

The research in this paper suggests that Australia’s private health insurers are set to enjoy a windfall of between $3.5 billion and $5.5 billion over the next six months.
Working paper

Who’s declining the “free lunch”? New evidence from the uptake of public child dental benefits

This paper provides the first evidence on the determinants of uptake of two recent public dental benefit programs for Australian children and adolescents from disadvantaged families.